Monday, November 7, 2011

Interview with “Sweet” Romance Author Ruth J. Hartman

Ruth is a published writer, as well as a licensed dental hygienist. She and her husband of 29 years, Garry, live in a 100-year-old farmhouse. Two spoiled fat cats, Maxwell and Roxy, grudgingly allow Ruth and Garry to live in the house with them. She has written her memoir about living with severe OCD. Her hope is that the memoir will help others with OCD and depression. Ruth is known for her sweet romances full of humor, hoping to make people laugh and give them warm fuzzy feelings.

Hello Ruth. Welcome back to my blog. Please tell us about your book, Purrfect Voyage.

Purrfect Voyage started out as an idea for a short story and evolved from there. Arthur, the cat in the story, gets stranded on a ocean-bound yacht for two weeks with his owner, Kitty, and a stranger named George. George and Kitty have a hard time getting along at first, never having met, and having such different interests, but as the story moves along, they get closer. Let’s face it, two people would have a lot of time to talk and get to know each other stranded together for two weeks. Oh, and by the way, George hates cats!

Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?

Arthur, a nosy black cat, was modeled after all the cats I’ve had, personality-wise. His appearance and body language were taken from my black cat, Roxy.

A Reviewer said, “I have read thousands of books, most of them romance. But this is one that I will keep in my very small reread section.” This is the greatest compliment an author can receive. If a book is worth rereading, it’s worth buying. Tell us what you think about this review.

I loved this review! I was honored that she liked my book so much. You’re right when you said that’s the greatest compliment for an author. It made my day. ☺

What kind of research did you do for this book?

The yacht voyage takes place on the ocean between Alaska and Hawaii. I did some online research for the logistics, for example, was it possible to do that trip on a small yacht in two week’s time. Also, I wasn’t very familiar with yachts, so I did some research for that. And my sister and her husband have lived in Alaska for twenty years, so they were wonderful sources of information, too.

I enjoy learning about an author’s research. Thanks. I love it when authors add real life situations to their stories. Do you usually put real experiences in your books?

A lot of times, yes. Most of the time the heroine is somewhat based on me. Klutzy, sappy romantic with a goofy sense of humor. The heroes are usually based on my husband. Although for “Grin and Barrett” which was just released in August, that hero, Victor, started out as being way different from my other heroes. But he ended up much more like them as the book progressed.

Thank you, Ruth, for this wonderful interview. I absolutely love the excerpt from your book. When Kitty’s wayward cat by the name of Arthur jumps into a yacht chasing a mouse, she runs after it. After climbing into the boat, she believes Arthur has gone below deck. Read and enjoy, everyone! Here is what happens: 

Taking it slow, Kitty inched her way down the stairs. She tried a switch, but nothing happened. Deciding the small lever must have been for a purpose other than turning on a light, she continued on in the semi-darkness. Third step from the bottom, her foot hit the edge of the slick metal step. Her feet flew up, her head swan-dived down. Pain lanced across the back of her head as she thwacked it on the last step. Kitty groaned and rolled into a cat-like ball. As her world faded to black, she whispered, “Arthur, are you even down here?”

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Art Katz carried two large cardboard boxes and a red duffel bag slung over his shoulder on board the yacht. Two weeks sailing and fishing. Unbelievable. He’d waited all year. Hoped to have formed gills by the time he reached his destination. He chuckled, remembering his dream from the previous night. He, of course, had been a fish. Salmon or halibut? He couldn’t remember. Not that it mattered. But no doubt about it; he’d been a fish.

Deciding to unpack later, he set to prepare the yacht, checking gauges and levels. After a short time, he headed out to sea. He’d spent enough time on this particular yacht to know its quirks. No doubt he could make the journey safely. But not everything in his life was so predictable. Like his business. He worked like a dog. Every weekend. Most evenings. But he still wasn’t making the money he wanted. His employees often called him a slave driver. But hey, you didn’t make money just sitting around.

He flipped open his cell phone.

“Hey, it’s me.”

“Hi,” said John. “Thanks again for delivering my yacht. I still can’t believe your vacation coincided with my move. I owe ya, man.”

“You’d do the same for me. If I had a yacht. Or a place to put a yacht. Or money to buy a yacht.”

“Yeah, yeah. I hear ya.”

“I expect to be treated like a rock star when I get there.”

“You got it. See you when you get here, then.”

“Later.” Art closed his phone and put it in his jeans pocket.

John seemed to have it all. The lucrative medical practice. The beautiful wife and kids. Not that Art had time for the family part. He wasn’t like John. He didn’t have money stashed everywhere. He had to work. All the time. That’s why this trip was so special. He hardly ever left the office.

For the next several hours he sailed, admiring the whipping green waves and diving birds. Eagles and puffins splashed about, more often than not emerging with fishy treasures in their beaks. He envied them. He couldn’t wait to start fishing himself. Although, he’d be using a pole. He wasn’t crazy about biting into raw fish.

A soft sound floated up from below deck. He turned his head.

What?

A meow?

Perfect. All he needed was a stowaway cat for the next two weeks. He’d never been a fan of felines. Far from it. With their tiny, impaling claws and creepy purring sound, he’d been able to avoid most of them.

So far.

Ever since the incident. Putting the yacht on autopilot, he walked to the stairs. His hand reached to the light switch. Nothing. And of course, the light bulbs were in a cabinet downstairs. He sighed and made his way back to his duffel bag. Flashlight in hand, he cautiously made his way down the dimly lit stairway.

66 comments:

Serena Casey said...

Nice interview. This book sounds interesting - I like the cat angle because hubby and I have two cats and a kitten will figure into the story I'm writing now for NaNoWriMo. :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks Serena! All of my books have at least one cat in them. In "Purrfect Voyage" he's more of a main character :)

Margaret said...

This sounds like a fun read! please count me in for the giveaway! Thanks!

Margaret
singitm@hotmail.com

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks Margaret! I had so much fun writing it :)

Miss Mae said...

What a wonderful excerpt, and this sounds like an original, intriguing plot. Wishing you much success!

*I don't enter contests, so please don't enter my name*

Thank you!

Serena Clarke said...

This book sounds really fun! I would love to read it!
sclarke710@live.com

Louise said...

Sounds like such a fun book! I would, actually, like to win it for my daughter who just lost a pet, suddenly, that she's mourning very painfully. Since she also has pets named Arthur & George, I believe this book would help her heal.

LouisePledge at yahoo

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks miss Mae :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Serena!

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Louise, I'm so sorry for your daughter. I've been through that several times. It's so hard.

Caroline Clemmons said...

This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy. Please enter me in the giveaway.
caroline@carolineclemmons.com

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Caroline :)

apple blossom said...

love this cover and it sounds like a wonderful book thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks Apple Blossom. I love this cover,too. Looks just like one of my cats :)

The Romanceaholic said...

How can anyone hate cats?!

The book sounds great :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jess
romanceaholic at gmail dot com

Jenny Twist said...

Great blog, Ruth. Well done

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Jess, I agree!!

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks Jenny :)

Gail Pallotta said...

This sounds like a fun book to read! Congratulations and best wishes for success with all your writing.

Aimee said...

I love a good romance! Thanks for the chance to read this book. :) It's one I would pass onto my daughter. She LOVES cats and romance so it would be perfect for her!

Esme said...

Great interview-I have two cats so Purrfect Voyage would be a fun read.

Enjoy your day.

chocolate and croissants at yahoo . com

Laurean Brooks said...

Ruth,

This is so cute! I love your writing voice and the way you use humor to bring people together.

Gail, where do you find all these wonderful authors?

Where did you get that pic of my cat, Sassy? Okay, so Sassy's under the chin fur is quite a bit longer. LOL.

I would love to have a copy of this book. I hope, I hope I win.

May God continue to bless your writing endeavors.

Laurie

landtbeth@yahoo.com

Jasmyn said...

Great interview and the book sounds great! Hope I get a chance to read it.

jasmyn9[at]hotmail[dot]com

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Gail :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Aimee, I hope you and your daughter enjoy it :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Esme,

I have two cats, too. And getting ready to bring in a stray to make it three :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thank you Laurie!

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Jasmyn,

Thanks so much :)

LAWonder said...

I think this sounds delightful! I would love to win the giveaway. I enjoy book and have a library in my den that I love to share with kids and grandkids.
I am an animal lover and I have always found cats interesting. They definitely have personalities and are fascinating to get to know.
I haven't heard of Ruth before but I will search for her books now I know of her.
Tank all of you who are "clean" authors. I love reading but only good, wholesome material.

Ruth J. Hartman said...

LAWonder,

Thanks so much! And you're right, cats are interesting :)

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Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Giveaway Scout. Sounds interesting :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Dinda :)

Dinda_SI said...

The book sounds interesting. I like the title.

dl(dot)love(dot)freedom(at)gmail(dot)cm

Paula L. said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! Would love to add it to my collection :)

jandplee at att dot net

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Paula!

Nay Nay said...

The book sounds like a fun read.
I am having a wonderful time going to all the sites! I love visiting with old friends and finding new authors and books to add to my wish list. <^_^> !!

Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win!

reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks so much, Nay Nay :)

geschumann said...

Would love to read the book. Great idea with the cat in there. I like finding new authors to read, especially since I know how hard it is to get your name out. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

geschumann at live dot com

Mary @SweepingMe said...

The book sounds really good. Thanks for being part of the hop. I am going to put it on my TRL.

Mary
GFC-Mary @SweepingMe

mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

Darlene said...

I love animal stories! Yours sounds like it would be a cute and fun read!

Thanks for the giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

kswederski said...

Every cute story. I have two cats and love to read about them. Thanks for the giveaway~!

kayswederski@yahoo.com

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks Gloria. I'm a softie for any story with a cat in it :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thank you Mary!

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks Darlene. I love animal stories, too :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Kay, I have two cats, too. And a third that will most likely be coming in to live with us soon. After my two get their hissy fit with the new one over with, it should work out okay :)

Blogger Name: Krystal Larson said...

Thank you for the chance to win! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom The plot sounds good :)

Vicki said...

I love that she bases some of her heroines after herself!! That's neat!
irbratb(@)gmail(.)com

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Krystal!

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Hi Vicki,

I figured, since I'm goofy and quirky, I may as well put it to good use for my characters, as well :)

Vinci said...

Greetings:
Thanks for the great giveaway.
Just love cats, too. Book sounds
interesting and unique.
Would like the book in hard cover
if I am lucking enough to snag a
copy. dayleb at telus dot net
dayle. cheers

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Hi Vinci. Hello to a fellow cat lover!

Cindy said...

Enjoyed the interview. Love to win, book sounds like a fun read.
cindymacbeth at gmail dot com

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Cindy :)

maria g said...

Awww what a cute book! I'm a huge cat-lover, we currently have 3 and there hasn't been a time in my life without cats! Thanks for the great giveaway :)

hookedonafeline999 at yahoo dot com

Velvet Hubler said...

Very nice interview!

velvethubler at yahoo dot com

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Me, too, Maria. I can't imagine not having cats!

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks Velvet :)

nicolesender said...

I'd love to read this book! Hope to win a hard copy. I enjoy books with cats as a character.
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

I want to win this book!! :D My contact info is on my blog :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Nicole!

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thank you Ms.Saba. :)

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Louise Pledge. You are the winner of this awesome book. I know you'll enjoy it very much. Stay tuned for more giveaways each week.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Serena C. You have won this wonderful romance. I know you'll enjoy it.

Louise said...

Omigosh, I just saw this. As you can see, I don't really use my Google acct, expected anything to come to my yahoo e-mail :) I never did receive the book, however. Was there something I was supposed to do?

I really wanted it to read, myself, and then pass on to a daughter who rescues cats & ends up keeping all of them whom she cannot find a home for.

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Hi Louise,

Send me an email at rghartman@aol.com :)